Senior Research Manager - UK Social Policy
Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
2d ago

About the role

We are aiming to recruit a Senior Research Manager (SRM) to work principally on projects for our UK clients, who include central and local government along with a range of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.

Working within our Policy and Research team, you will support our work across a range of policy areas. Depending on your specialism and thematic interests, these may include education, employment and labour markets, children, young people and families, or health and well-being.

Senior Research Managers (SRMs) take responsibility for managing medium and large-scale research and evaluation contracts, working with Project Directors and research teams on a range of research and evaluation projects.

As an SRM you will be involved in work winning as well as project implementation from inception through to final reporting and dissemination.

Providing effective project and client management, planning and monitoring delivery to agreed timescales, ensuring quality, and liaising with finance on budgeting and invoicing are key parts of the role.

As an experienced social researcher, you must be confident in designing and implementing research projects, including developing sampling approaches, contributing to and overseeing data collection undertaking data analysis, and developing a range of outputs including reports and presentations.

You will have a strong understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, including designing and undertaking mixed-method projects.

You will also be experienced in designing evaluation approaches covering both process and outcomes / impact evaluation. SRMs may also have a specialism in economics and econometric approaches.

As an SRM you will also be proactive in contributing to business development and work winning by maintaining client contacts and developing one or more specific areas of business development / market interest.

You will also lead on a range of proposals.

Role Requirements

You must have significant and demonstrable experience of the development and delivery of evaluation and research into relevant policy interventions in the UK.

It is essential that you can demonstrate a high level of technical knowledge, including deploying a range of methodologies, alongside the ability to manage projects effectively.

The ability to deliver several projects efficiently, on time and to budget is critical.

You must also be able to demonstrate a good level of knowledge in one or more of the relevant thematic areas listed in the job description and be to evidence authoring and co-ordinating high-quality research reports / outputs.

You must also have sound experience of managing project teams, including having the capability to build and develop team knowledge and skills.

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